The Run – 4.25 Mile Harper Loop
So I ran yesterday for the first time since last Wednesday. The reasons I didn’t run are: I worked at Target on Thursday and Friday, then on Saturday I helped my son Peter and his family move into their new apartment.So each day I was tired and on Sunday I just collapsed!
Anyway last Wednesday’s run was my four-mile Creek Out and Back run. And I ran it a little over a minute faster than the previous time I had run the same course. There is improvement!! So yesterday I decided to run another four-mile course. I chose the course that I call Harper Loop and it is one of the few courses that I run that has a hill or two in it.
The run started at a comfortable pace with my pulse in the low 140s. I was surprised when I looked down and saw that my heart rate was only 147 when I got to the highpoint on the run! The nice thing about going up hills is that you do get to eventually go down hills,too!
So it was a nice strong run I was able to keep up a strong pace up throughout the run without struggling at any point. Somehow though, while the Fitbit app on the phone was keeping track of the run and announcing my time and pace after every half-mile, none of the GPS shows up on my Fitbit dashboard. The total time is there and my heartbeat information is there but there is no distance or pace.I know that the distance was 4.25 miles and my pace was around 11:13 min/mile.But I don’t know any of the splits!
Finally, the best news is that my weight is now below where it was in April of 2016! And it is down approximately seven pounds since its peak in November and December of 2016! Once again Yeah Me!
The Soundtrack – The Outer Reach – Albany Down
The soundtrack for the run was The Outer Reach the latest album from a British blues-rock band Albany Down. Albany Down is a London-based contemporary rock band. The band has a vintage rock-blues sound. Their influences range from classic bands like Led Zeppelin and Thunder to modern bands like The Black Keys and Clutch
The Outer Reach has won Top awards in the 2016 UK Songwriting Contest for best Rock song and best Music video. It was also voted No 5 Best Album of the year (2016) by Blues Rock Review.
A while back I questioned whether or not anybody was making rock albums any more!! all I hear on the radio is the same old blandness! Guess what they are and one of the bands that stands out above the crowd is in fact Albany Down. In fact they have been called.
…. the new voice of British rock music. A blend of contemporary rock and blues – with added brilliance on top.
and Blues Matters says;
“In a world of mediocrity, The Outer Reach shines like a beacon of hope”
Albany Down is composed of Paul Muir on vocals, guitarist Paul Turley, drummer Donna Peters and bassist Billy Dedman
Bottom Line – Rating 4.5 stars out of 5
The Outer Reach is a great blues rock album, Hard-driving music just the way I like it. Great vocals from Paul Muir and equally great guitar work from Paul Turley. Paul by the way has won an award for ‘Best Guitar Solo’.The rhythm section of drummer Donna Peters and bass player Billy Dedman are equally as good. Together they ARE dynamite!!
So Check Then Out!! Check Out “Like a Bullet”, “Mr Hangman”, “Supersonic Girl” Hell check them all out!!
Links for the Further Exploration of the Music of Albany Down
Here’s the official video for “Feeding the Flame” the opening track of The Outer Reach